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Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?

Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?
FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 17 de Julio de 2017 – 12:05 CEST.

The establishment of Cuba’s two different currencies (CUC and CUP), and
their different applications (1×24, 1×10, 1×2 and 1×1), according to the
Government’s convenience, besides sowing economic chaos, also features
an immoral component for those affected by it.

Setting… Continue reading

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 14 June 2017 — What you lose last is hope. And those who
have plans to immigrate to the United States maintain bulletproof optimism.

Close to a small park in Calzada street, next to Rivero’s funeral home,
dozens of restless people await their appointment for the consular
interview at the… Continue reading

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their
government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest
to this.

With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a
way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or
effort to it. It’s called taxes.

They… Continue reading

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy
07/13/2017 09:20 am ET
William M. LeoGrande
Professor of Government at American University

President Donald J. Trump signs the National Security Presidential
Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,
Miami, June 16, 2017

On June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba… Continue reading

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small
BY MARK FEIERSTEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 07/11/17 05:40 PM EDT

As U.S. officials prepare to implement President Trump’s Cuba policy,
the rancor over the revised course is masking an emerging bipartisan
consensus over American policy toward the island. Despite declaring he
was “cancelling” President Obama’s deal with Cuba, Trump’s… Continue reading

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home
CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2017 7:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2017 8:51
AM ET

Alex Sagriff was a student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in
Belleville. She had been vacationing in Varadero with other graduating
students when she was found… Continue reading

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and permission to return

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and
permission to return
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Panama’s deputy minister of public security on Friday made a final offer
to Cuban migrants staying at a temporary shelter in that nation: $1,650,
a plane ticket to Havana and a multiple-entry visa that would give them
legal entry… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial
level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking
out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in
conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But
due to the inaccessible and very undemocratic Cuban electoral system,… Continue reading

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Nidialys Acosta handles the booking for a loose association of vintage
car owners who have banded together to offer transportation for visiting
dignitaries and other groups. Clients have included a New York business
delegation led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and one of the founders of Airbnb.

But… Continue reading

A Neighborhood Dressed in Blue

A Neighborhood Dressed in Blue / Rebeca Monzo

At the time of the “accident” in 1959, Nuevo Vedado was the latest
Havana neighborhood to be developed. Its residents included
professionals and famous artists from radio and television. It was an
elegant neighborhood, with any number of homes — primarily one or
two-story single-family residences — noted for their striking
architectural… Continue reading

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable
Gray Area
July 2, 20178:26 AM ET
CARRIE KAHN

In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have
popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a
small but vibrant opening afforded them since former President Obama
reestablished U.S.… Continue reading

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again
BY ALEJANDRO DE LA FUENTE
delafuente@fas.harvard.edu

As President Trump announced the administration’s new policies on Cuba,
I worried that Afro-Cubans would be the main losers. They have been
losing for some time. The timid economic reforms implemented by the
Cuban government in the past two decades have resulted in… Continue reading

Planet Nothing

Planet Nothing

Rebeca Monzo, Havana, 16 June 2017 — Cuba is a distant planet. It has
nothing to do with the rest of the world, because nothing functions
there as in the majority of civilized countries. This “planet” is ruled
by the whims of its ancient rulers who have spent almost 59 years doing
whatever they please.

Now is when… Continue reading

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s
phone has been ringing off the hook.

Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to
Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they can
visit Cuba.

Others are… Continue reading

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle
Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the
historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange
currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one hears English,
French and German.… Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water
cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his
merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting
inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a
coastal strip where tourists rarely come and the economic crisis is
strongly… Continue reading

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 June 2017 — Economic hardships
turn many Cuban engineers to work as bartenders, doctors become taxi
drivers and innumerable professionals become alternative guides for
tourists. Among the latter, there are the experienced or the
just-getting-started, but all of them earn more money than they would
working in… Continue reading

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?
Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22,
This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.

Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total)
reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba.

Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of
advantages to the Castro… Continue reading

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?
Zacks Equity Research

On Jun 16, President Trump announced some changes to current U.S. policy
on Cuba, which were put into action by his predecessor Barack Obama. The
new policy is in line with Trump’s promise during the campaigning phase.
In fact, Trump had reportedly tweeted in November last year that he… Continue reading

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba
A trip to Santiago de Cuba should start with dinner at a paladar
(family-run restaurant) and end with drinks on the roof of the Hotel
Casa Granda.
By JENNIFER BAIN Travel Editor
Wed., June 21, 2017

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA-Ramon Guilarte welcomes us to his home and
restaurant with… Continue reading

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 8 June 2017 — The die is cast. At the special session of
the National Assembly of People’s Power held on May 31 and June 1 at the
Palace of Conventions, delegates have, as expected, approved the
economic plan for 2016 to 2021 and a national plan for economic… Continue reading

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